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"Microsoft - Just a big name"

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Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Senior Market Research Manager in Redmond, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Free Sodas
Good medical benefits (but not for long)
Decent pay

Cons

Too much politics
No career advancement
Waste too much time managing up
No longer a meritocracy
Company lacks vision after BillG's departure
Run by "know all" engineers

Advice to Management

Get BillG back before you all ruin the company. It will be harder for you to attract talent if the stock price does not move.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Overall, great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with smart, focused people. Shipping products that are used by millions. Great location. Highly competent managers. Great benefits. Reasonable compensation. Great resume material.

    Cons

    The work is fairly intense and the pressure to produce is constant. Most people are more focused on promotion than they are on doing the right thing - this can lead to a degree of dysfunction.

    Advice to Management

    While MSFT strives to be a great employer with an excellent record on workplace equality, one of the HR policies is, IMHO, immoral. Specifically I am speaking of the requirement to award 10% of the workforce an 'unacceptable' performance rating. While I realize that this is straight out of 'Jack Welch', you can't apply a 10% rule across all teams and groups because this company is self-evidently (take a look at your earnings growth) made up of more than 90% of competent and hard working people. No surprise that an unacceptable rating is the career kiss-of-death. The application of such a blanket rule means that every year, some good employees are given an unacceptable rating just to comply with this unacceptable rule.
    While MSFT is happy to arbitrarily decimate its workforce, they proudly promote the company as one of the great companies to work for. It would be - if you just removed this rule.


  2. "Ok place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of responsibilities

    Cons

    Senior management isnt clear about the future

    Advice to Management

    Clarify vision


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